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Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

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Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they're spotted on X-rays. Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:

  • They’re impacted. Because they're so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
  • They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
  • Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
  • You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Richard E. Bauer III, DMD, MD, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Louis K. Rafetto, DMD, PA, vice president, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Wilmington, DE.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management”

Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Anesthesia”

Donald G. Rebhun, DMD: "Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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